Whether you’re building or buying a new house, there are always going to be design features that can increase its value. Features like solar panels and extra storeys may seem desirable, but are you aware of how much they’re going to cost you later on? Some house features may be a lot more expensive than you realised when it comes to maintaining or modifying them.
Split level houses are commonly built on sloping or uneven blocks of land. These designs often feature multiple storeys to accommodate for this uneven terrain. Areas like the kitchen or living room may be separated by small flights of stairs. Uneven land also makes it easier to incorporate features such as a basement or wine cellar.
Unfortunately what makes a split level house unique can also add further costs. There are climate control and sunlight issues to consider for specific rooms. There’s also the issue of providing easy access to multiple storeys when residents can’t effectively use stairs.
While some features may seem expensive, remember that they can also have a positive impact on your lifestyle. So it’s always best to weigh up the pros and cons of the lifestyle you’ll have with a split level home before you let the price tag discourage you.
One of the appeals of building a split level home is the fact that you won’t have to spend extra money on altering your block of land. The designs of split level homes tend to mould themselves around the land features they’re built on. So you won’t have to worry about paying extra for builders to level your block’s land or cut into hard rock surfaces for extra space.
However, you may have to pay extra for other modifications to your block’s landscape, such as a retaining wall. Features like a retaining wall are used to hold soil in place for either a front yard or backyard. The price of a retaining wall can vary depending on the materials used to make it. The wall could be made from low-priced timber or more expensive cut stone.
Split level homes often feature subterranean levels that are below the point of entry at the front door. Subterranean levels offer the advantage of natural cooling. So it's likely you'll have multiple rooms that won't waste energy on cooling appliances such as an air conditioner. A significant advantage if you live in a consistently warm climate.
Alternatively, if you live somewhere that experiences freezing weather during Winter, you may need to invest in some modifications for climate control. You may have to get extra insulation and double glazed windows installed to keep these rooms warmer during Winter.
There's also the issue of giving rooms like your kitchen and living room access to natural light. Split level home designs often have bedrooms consuming each end of the layout while rooms like the kitchen are situated near the centre with no windows installed. To remedy the lack of windows that provide natural light, you may have to install skylights which will add to your construction costs.
Space and access
With multiple storeys comes the need for stairways to be installed in your split level home. Some levels may only require a few steps while others require longer flights of stairs. It really depends on just how high or low your levels are.
Unfortunately, one of the main challenges of having stairways is the ease of access. Stairways can be challenging for elderly and disabled guests to use. Ramps, stair walkers and stairlifts are permanent aids that can be installed to fix this issue. Just keep in mind that these aids are not always cheap to install and will add to your construction costs.
The unique design of a split level home can provide you with more storage space than your average home. Homeowners often take advantage of this extra space by having a basement or garage below the house. This investment in extra space eliminates the need to have a costly carport or shed installed.
Affordable home options from Five Squared
So the cost of a split level home really depends on the design features you want. Split level homes are not always the more expensive option. Look at new designs in popular growth areas for confirmation. Clyde North and Cranbourne display homes are just two fantastic examples. New designs from property developers across Australia can show you new and innovative ways to make the most of your land with a split level home.
House and land packages are often one of the easiest solutions for purchasing the right house design for the land you have. Purchase a Clyde North house and land package, and you can rest assured you've chosen a design that makes the most of the land's natural features. You won't have to spend extra on features like retaining walls or skylights because chances are these features are already part of the design.
With over 50 years of experience, Five Squared is one of Australia's leading property developers. Visit their range of Cranbourne display homes, and you'll find stunning examples of home designs that make the most of the land available.
Visit the New Bloom website to discover the latest house and land packages available from Five Squared.